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Red Sox still trying to clinch AL East title...Marlins slugger tries for 60th homer...Harper has a day off

September 30, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox make a third stab at wrapping up the AL East title this afternoon when they host the Houston Astros. Boston’s magic number is still one for closing out the Yankees. If New York wins two against Toronto while the Red Sox twice lose to the Astros, there will be a one-game tiebreaker at Yankee Stadium on Monday for the division crown.

MIAMI (AP) — Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton has two games left to reach the coveted 60-home run mark, heading into the Marlins’ home game against Atlanta tonight. Manager Don Mattingly says he might move up Stanton from the second spot in the lineup to leadoff this weekend to maybe get him an extra at-bat. Stanton went 2 for 4 with a single and a double last night as the Marlins rallied from a 5-0 deficit and beat the Braves 6-5.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is scheduled for a day off as he continues his comeback from a hyperextended left knee. He hasn’t played a full nine innings since returning this week after an absence of more than six weeks. Harper went 0 for 4 last night against Pittsburgh, striking out twice and hitting into two double plays.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he was unaware of any payments to recruits but takes responsibility for his decisions. Pitino issued a written statement to the Cardinals’ flagship radio station for distribution to local media, soon after former player David Padgett was introduced yesterday as his interim replacement. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave in the wake of the school’s acknowledgment of its involvement in a federal bribery investigation.

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has the pole position for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix, the 70th pole of his career. His rival for the Formula One title, Sebastian Vettel, will start last after he quit early in the qualifying session after losing power on a straight.

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